New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

August 15, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

No loyalty

August 14, 2018
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
265 pages ; 22 cm
Dangerous liaisons / De'nesha Diamond -- Tears of blood / A'zayler.
Urban lit superstar De'nesha Diamond teams up with newcomer A'zayler to deliver a power-packed thrill ride that will appeal to fans of Wahida Clarke and Ashley & JaQuavis.

Relationship status

August 14, 2018
Dreamz, Deshon, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
236 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tori has loved the same man for what seems like her entire life, but with a list of broken promises and lies told by her husband, Keyton, Tori finds herself at a crossroads. Does she try to salvage her marriage with the love of her life, or move on from all the pain and turmoil? Full-figured and beautiful TaNia is as independent as they come. She keeps her business in order and depends on no one. After her father's death, she moves back home to take care of her mother, which takes a lot of adjustment on her part. In the midst of all the changes in her life, her friend Lemonte has decided he wants more. He is on a mission to make her his, whether or not TaNia is ready for that. Winter has always depended on someone, whether it was her parents or the man she was in a relationship with. She no longer wants to be that girl, so she makes some changes and learns to stand on her own two feet. She lives a lifestyle that she is not particularly proud of, but it makes her goals and dreams that much easier to accomplish. Her parents are traditional and old school, so she hides her life from them, but when she lands in the sights of Demarco, she has to make a choice between love and comfort."--Back cover.

Addicted to a dirty south thug

August 13, 2018
Shan (Myss Shan), author.
263 pages ; 21 cm
Khian 'Khi' Prince is a certified boss with what seems to be the weight of the world on his shoulders. His brother Daelan 'Dae' Prince is the ultimate bad boy with pretty-boy looks and a no-nonsense type of attitude. Kaedee Prince is known in the streets because of his brothers, but he's also known in the courtroom as one not to be messed with - he and his wife Deonna run the most sought-after law firm in the city. When her ex shows up, Deonna finds herself in love with two men. She's forced to choose, but when that decision lands someone in a grave, are the Prince brothers ready for a war?

Bikes, toys & hot boyz

August 13, 2018
Woods, Genesis, author.
361 pages ; 21 cm.
"For sisters Diem, Drea, and Ophelia, coming from the same bloodline as Julian "Knight" Hart meant that the legacy of their motorcycle club, Hart's Angels, must continue to live up to his expectations. Although the sisters are as different as night and day, they were taught by their father that it's always family over everything."--Back cover.


August 13, 2018
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
360 pages ; 21 cm
Sibling rivalry / by Carl Weber -- Love seldom, trust never / by Ty Marshall -- The bag is in / by Marlon PS White.
Headlined by New York Times bestseller Carl Weber, three authors bring readers tales of power, greed, and ambition set in some of the country's roughest neighborhoods.

Connected to the plug. 4

August 10, 2018
Williams, Dwan Marquis (Novelist), author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
210 pages ; 22 cm
After two more gang shootings, Fuzzy wonders if the next body to drop will be her own. Meanwhile, another queen pin, B.B., devises an exit strategy, but becomes the target of Detective Bass.

Secrets of a kept chick saga : renaissance collection

August 7, 2018
Davis, Ambria, author.
234 pages ; 23 cm.
Born into poverty in New Orleans, Mimi seeks a way out of the ghetto and finds it in one of the city's biggest dope dealers, but being a gangster's wife soon catches up to her and she moves to Atlanta where she finds new struggles and a past that won't stay behind her.

Dream's life 2 : Amilia's chaos

August 2, 2018
Baker, Assa Raymond, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, [2018]
200 pages ; 22 cm
The Gomez syndicate, is one of Milwaukee's deadliest criminal organizations. When Cheez, one of its high-ranking members is assassinated, his wife Amilia is left with tremendous grief...And little to no answers as to who's responsible. Cheez's death leaves a power vacuum within the gangland landscape, one which is quickly filled by a gangster named Secret. Who later, begins spending time with Amilia. Of course, Secret's sudden close proximity to the grieving widow is no accident. Her father is after all, head of the Gomez syndicate. But Secret's seat at the table, was sealed in blood when he agreed to kill Amilia's husband at the behest of her dad. Who wanted him dead for cheating on his daughter. An act of betrayal which not only produced a child, but also gained Amilia some deadly new foes. As Secret and Amilia start to bond, the former remains emotionally torn over his devious deed. While the latter sees an opportunity to finally eradicate an assortment of enemies, both business and personal.

Finding Yvonne

August 1, 2018
Colbert, Brandy, author.
276 pages ; 22 cm
Raised by a workaholic father who is a restauranteur, Yvonne, eighteen, faces difficult choices about love, her training as a violinist, college, and career as high school graduation draws near.

Death in D minor

August 1, 2018
Gordon, Alexia, author.
[Frisco, Texas] : Henery Press, 2017.
219 pages ; 22 cm.
An African-American musician and expatriate can't rest easy: her ghost roomie and brother-in-law and cottage are all in trouble.

Killing in C sharp

August 1, 2018
Gordon, Alexia, author.
247 pages ; 21 cm.
"Gethsemane Brown fought off an attack by a sleazy hotel developer who wanted to turn her Irish cottage into a tourist trap. Now she must face a vengeful ghost determined to exact revenge for her murder centuries ago."--Back cover.

Chariot on the mountain

July 31, 2018
Ford, Jack, 1950- author.
294 pages ; 24 cm
"Based on little known true events"--Dust jacket.
Two decades before the Civil War, a middle-class farmer named Samuel Maddox lies on his deathbed. Elsewhere in his Virginia home, a young woman named Kitty knows her life is about to change. She is one of the Maddox family's slaves--and Samuel's biological daughter. When Samuel's wife, Mary, inherits her husband's property, she will own Kitty, too, along with Kitty's three small children. Already in her fifties and with no children of her own, Mary Maddox has struggled to accept her husband's daughter, a strong-willed, confident, educated woman who works in the house and has been treated more like family than slave. After Samuel's death, Mary decides to grant Kitty and her children their freedom, and travels with them to Pennsylvania, where she will file papers declaring Kitty's emancipation. Helped on their perilous flight by Quaker families along the Underground Railroad, they finally reach the free state. But Kitty is not yet safe. Dragged back to Virginia by a gang of slave catchers led by Samuel's own nephew, who is determined to sell her and her children, Kitty takes a defiant step: charging the younger Maddox with kidnapping and assault. On the surface, the move is brave yet hopeless. But Kitty has allies--her former mistress, Mary, and Fanny Withers, a rich and influential socialite who is persuaded to adopt Kitty's cause and uses her resources and charm to secure a lawyer. The sensational trial that follows will decide the fate of Kitty and her children--and bond three extraordinary yet very different women together in their quest for justice.

A duke by default

July 30, 2018
Cole, Alyssa, author.
New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
376 pages ; 17 cm.
New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and--most importantly--herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she's capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss...when she's not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr. Tavish McKenzie doesn't need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory...even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice--and his attraction to her--but when Portia accidentally discovers that he's the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project. Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

Better late than never

July 23, 2018
Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
xiii, 306 pages ; 24 cm.
"The stunning conclusion to the Reverend Curtis Black series"--Cover.
"Curtis Black is no stranger to scandal. Throughout the decades, he has done much in the public eye, both good and evil. But what most people don't realize is that Curtis has been hiding a horrific childhood, which has affected him in countless, unspeakable ways. His buried past returns in an unwelcome visit when his estranged sister becomes alarmingly ill and his youngest child, twelve-year-old Curtina, becomes the kind of problem daughter that he never imagined she could be. This is only the beginning - the horror of Curtis's childhood secrets, as well as Curtina's wild and rebellious behavior, take a critical toll on Curtis and the entire Black family. All the public scandals they've experienced over the years now seem like child's play compared to the turmoil they are facing in private. Who could have known that the deepest wounds would come from within?"-- Provided by publisher.

Running into you

July 20, 2018
Love, Taylor, author.
210 pages ; 22 cm
"Andrea Cole is a career woman who has it all except romance. She also believes love should work on her schedule, but destiny has other plans when she literally runs into Cam. Will she let chemistry knock down the defenses of her heart? Cam "Camden" Holden, likes his life just the way it is. He has a job he enjoys and a house he loves in his childhood city. His dating life remains casual, but he's open to meeting "the one". Fate may have been kind to him when pretty eyed Andrea literally bumps into him on the street. Will he be able to lure in the wary Ms. he can make his house a home?"--Back cover.

The book in room 316

July 19, 2018
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2018.
306 pages : 21 cm
When grief drove her husband into the arms of his best friend's wife, Savannah Graham thought revenge was the only way her heart can heal from the betrayal. Ollie Moss has lost the love of his life, his wife Elizabeth-- along with his desire to live, despite the love from his children, and his beloved grandson Samuel. Anna Rodriguez's decision to break the law in order to get a job and provide for her three children is threatening life as she knows it. Trey Brown is a hustler so he can save his little brother-- but now the gangs want him to join their ranks. At The Markham Hotel, each hopes to find solace, comfort, answers. And each learns that through faith there is always a way forward. -- adapted from back cover.

Envy : a seven deadly sins novel

July 19, 2018
Murray, Victoria Christopher, author.
333 pages ; 21 cm.
"Gabrielle Wilson has the perfect life: she lives in a Beverly Hills mansion with her loving husband and beautiful daughter, and works at a massively-successful PR firm she founded with her best friend. When her father, Jeremiah, suddenly admits that an affair he had years before resulted in a daughter, she is shocked to find that she is actually happy to hear the news. Could this woman be the sister she's been praying for all her life? Meanwhile, Keisha Jones's life so far has been a struggle. Her mother Daisy worked on the streets trying to make ends meet, and school was its own nightmare. So when Gabrielle offers to fly Keisha out of Arkansas to meet the family in Beverly Hills, Keisha is immediately ready to go. What Gabrielle doesn't realize is that Keisha has known about the Wilsons for years, and knows exactly what she has been missing out on. Once she gets out to Los Angeles, Keisha is determined to have everything that she's always desired--everything that she has always envied. And nothing can stand in her way"-- Provided by publisher.

Love and basketball

July 19, 2018
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2018.
205 pages ; 22 cm
TaSean Prince attracts two women and NBA scouts when he travels to Miami for a basketball tournament.

Deseré : a love story of the American South

July 18, 2018
McKenzie, Maria, author.
Columbia, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform , [2017]
i, 302 pages ; 23 cm.
"Deseré, a skilled seamstress and slave, lives on a South Carolina cotton plantation. Fair-skinned and astonishingly beautiful, she is owned by a kindly master and given his permission to marry the man she loves, a carpenter enslaved on a neighboring plantation. Yet when her master dies before her wedding and his nephew inherits the plantation and its slaves, Deseré's marriage is indefinitely postponed, pending consent from her new owner. Lawyer Anthony Sinclair arrives from Ohio on the mend from a broken heart, leaving behind a career derailed by scandal. Owning a plantation presents a vibrant opportunity. Yet torn by inklings of abolitionist beliefs, Anthony struggles with the damning prospect of owning human beings. Upon first seeing the alluring Deseré, Anthony is immediately dazzled by her golden skin, shimmering blond hair and ocean blue eyes. Yet Deseré perceives the tall, dark-haired and handsome 'Masta' Anthony as rather stupid. He knows nothing about running a plantation, nor being a planter. But as long as he allows Deseré to marry the man she loves, she will be happy. Anthony, however, desires Deseré for himself. To what lengths will he go to win the forbidden love of a slave? Will owning Deseré be the only way Anthony can ever possess her while her heart belongs to another man?"--Back cover.

King of the dancehall

July 16, 2018
Cannon, Nick, 1980- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2018.
209 pages ; 21 cm
Tie-in for the film, The king of the dancehall.

The night's baby : a Black Vampire story

July 16, 2018
Stina (Writer of paranormal fiction), author.
234 pages ; 21 cm.
When she entered school at a recently integrated college in North Carolina, Adirah Messa was looking forward to a bright future. Then she met a man of another kind who turned her world upside down. After being turned into a blood-sucking being and then giving birth to a child fathered by the King of Vampires, Adirah thinks that life can't get any stranger. But when her ancient past becomes a part of the present, she learns that her son has a destiny that is out of her control. With the eyes of very powerful and new enemies set on him, the only way to protect him is for old enemies to put their differences behind them. If the opposing vampire clans don't come together as one, it could mean the end of their kind altogether.

Through it all

July 16, 2018
McLaughlin, CaSandra, author.
[United States] : [publisher not identified], [2015]
161 pages ; 22 cm.

Girls from da hood 13

July 12, 2018
392 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title on cover: Urban Books presents.
Get it! Get it! / by Ms. Michel Moore -- You can't break us / by Treasure Hernandez -- So far gone / by Katt.
Three dramatic stories of life on the streets, including the tale of Voodo and Moni, lovers who dispense their share of street justice revenge when they are wronged by former business associates.

Love's grip

July 12, 2018
Michelle, Nika, author.
266 pages ; 21 cm
When Daisha's boyfriend, Raekwan, takes his violent, jealous antics to the next level, a mysterious stranger intervenes, taking Daisha to his place to nurse her wounds. Even though she sneaks out the next morning. Daisha can't stop thinking about him; but with her history of bad relationships with men and with her estranged mother, she knows that she should only be concerned with her own survival. In time, she will realize that he has a strong grip on her emotionally, and she has no control. Tyreek, AKA Pistol, witnesses Daisha's assault and suddenly finds himself caring about a stranger. His life of crime has toughened him, but his thoughts are consumed with her safety. On the run from the feds, he knows that trust and loyalty are rarely given in the streets. After fleeing to Atlanta, he pulls off a murder that sets off a domino effect of events he never sees coming. There's a street war brewing, but Pistol and Daisha are fighting a battle in their hearts. Despite all the drama and bloodshed surrounding them, they can't seem to deny their true feelings. Will they make it out alive to pursue the prospect of a real hood love, or will it all be consumed by the fate of the streets?

Loyal to his lies

July 12, 2018
Littles, T. C., author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
216 pages ; 21 cm
"Every relationship has its ups and downs. Zaria Taylor weathers the storms, accepting the bad times as temporary whenever Renard cheats. Deep down inside, Zaria prays the years invested into their relationship will be enough to keep their foundation sturdy. 'Do or die' and 'Till death do us part' are her mottos, though her wedding ring finger is still bare. She makes the mistake of believing him every time he says he will do better, he is sorry, and his heart only belongs to her. When his lies are exposed and it is revealed that Renard has been dragging Zaria's name through the mud while taking caring of another woman's child on the side, all bets are off and payback is on. Angry and bitter, Zaria makes it her mission to show her two-timing baby daddy exactly how it feels to get played. Between sleeping with his best friend, stirring up drama with his line-up of women, and trying to ruin his street business, Zaria is fueled by a shattered heart, and she won't stop until revenge is hers"--Back cover.


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